Huskers Reveal Areas of Concern

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Nebraska won every phase of Thursday's game, and won it in dominating fashion as the 48-13 final score advertises. On the day of Bill Snyder's 71st birthday, he surely felt 91 as he watched his ‘Cats give up the 48 points on 587 yards, which included five touchdowns of at least 35 yards. In the upcoming week prior to playing Kansas, Snyder promised days of re-evaluation.

Bill Snyder had a special birthday message to his Kansas State team after Thursday's 48-13 embarrassment to Nebraska: Feel the pain.

"If this game doesn't pain us … if it doesn't pain me, if it doesn't pain our other coaches, if it doesn't pain our players, then that sends a bad message that maybe we don't care enough," said the Wildcat coach. "I believe our team really cares, but to let go of this a little too quick probably sends a bad message in my eyes."

For certain, Snyder was pained on this night of his 71st birthday nearly team-wide.

"I told them before the game it could very well come down to the kicking game. Well, the kicking game was OK, but the rest of it fell on its face. I'm not concerned about any one aspect, but everything collectively."

With candidness, Snyder said, "Maybe we're not quite as good of offensive football team as somebody might have wanted to project at some point in time. We've got a lot ahead of us.

That's something that rests my shoulders to make sure we do the right things, whether it's opening the playbook or not, you still have to be able to do the things that you put on the field and execute them well. But it's our responsibility to make sure that we get our players to be able to execute whatever it is that we're trying to do."

He wasn't finished: "We didn't run the ball very well, we didn't throw it extremely well, and we didn't play defense against the run or the pass very well. I don't think it's one aspect of it that I'm concerned about. I'm concerned about all of it collectively and just how good we are in any aspect of the game."

That was especially true on defense where Nebraska totaled 587 yards and scored a 35-point win, which was the most lop-sided home field loss for K-State since losing to the Big Red 39-3 in 1996.

For the entirety of the game, Wildcat defenders were looking at the backside of NU QB Taylor Martinez, or running back Roy Helu race down the field.

"I would not say that they had more speed than what we thought. We just did not come out and execute like we needed to," said cornerback David Garrett. "They (NU) came out to play and did not make mistakes. They were the ones that did execute tonight."

Defensive end Antonio Felder added, "Film speed is definitely different, because you always feel like you are faster than who you are watching. Once you get into the game and get moving, you start to get a feel for how fast the other team is. We were not able to adjust to their speed throughout the game."

QB SITUATION:

K-State used three QBs: Carson Coffman was 14-of-22 for 91 yards, plus rushed for 45 yards; Collin Klein was 2-of-2 for 16 yards, plus rushed for 33 yards; and, Sammuel Lamur was 3-of-3 for 28 yards, plus rushed for 20 yards.

Of the position, Snyder said, "It probably opened itself up a little bit."

Asked if the depth chart would remain the same, Snyder said he didn't know. "I need to sit down and reflect on it. We have a lot of things to reassess, not just that position. We may have changes at a lot of positions … may, or may not … I don't know."

BOTTOM 10 STATS

• 11.3 – Nebraska snapped the ball 52 times and gained 587 yards. Yes, that's 11.3 yards per snap. On running plays alone, NU gained 451 yards on 42 carries. Yes, that's a first down per carry – 10.7 yards.

• 35+ -- Five Big Red TDs covered at least 35 yards – runs of 35, 80, 68, and 41 yards, and a 79-yard pass.

• Only nine times in the entire game did Nebraska reach a third-down play in an offensive possession.
• In the third quarter, K-State had the ball for 10:22 to NU's 4:38, but NU won the quarter, 21-3.

• The first four NU plays of the second half covered 148 yards and scored two touchdowns.

• The 35-point loss in a home game was the largest since losing to Nebraska by 36, 39-3, in 1996.

• The 451 rushing yards by NU were the most against the Wildcats since Colorado rumbled for 518 in 1989.

• The 241 rushing yards by NU quarterback Taylor Martinez were the most given up by K-State since Jon Cornish of Kansas rushed for 201 in 2006.

Daniel Thomas, who averages 6.0 yards per carry, was held to a season-low 63 yards on 22 rushes, or an average of just 2.9 yards per carry. In addition, his eight catches netted just 36 yards, or 4.5 yards per catch.

• K-State is now 3-59 in all-time games against teams ranked No. 6, or higher. The wins have come over No. 4 Texas in 2006; No. 1 Oklahoma in 2003; and, No. 4 Nebraska in 2000.

OUTLOOK ON SMITH NOT GOOD:

KSU wide receiver Brodrick Smith was injured in the fourth quarter and taken from the field on a cart.

While saying he didn't know the extent of the leg injury, Snyder said, "It didn't look good at all. My guess is that he will be out for a while."


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